Rhinoseros

A rhinoceros thunders through the streets of a quiet village. Everyone is baffled. Where did this terrifying animal come from?

The Stage Top 50 Plays 2023

Wales Arts Review's Best of Welsh Theatre 2023

BBC Radio Cymru's Cultural Highlight 2023

★★★★ "A smart Welsh-language revival of Ionesco's classic" - The Stage

★★★★ "Steffan Donnelly's astute, lucid staging... Luxury ensemble casting" - The Guardian

"Yn frawychus o berthnasol" - BBC Radio Cymru

A rhinoceros thunders through the streets of a quiet village. Everyone is baffled. Where did this terrifying animal come from?

But, one by one, the village residents succumb to the new order and transform into beasts. As the world and the people around him change, the unlikely hero Bérenger (Rhodri Meilir) clutches on to his identity and refuses to give in – but what is the cost of not conforming?

Filled with unexpected humour and nightmarish tension, Rhinoseros is a commentary on society, extremism and how hatred can spread like a virus. As relevant now as ever, this absurdist masterpiece by Eugène Ionesco comes to Welsh stages in its first Welsh language adaptation by Manon Steffan Ros under the direction of Steffan Donnelly.

Watch out – the rhinoceroses are coming!

Age Guidance: 12+
Contains strong language, adult themes, bangs, haze and flashing lights.

A full list of themes and possible triggers can be found in this document.

Performance dates

  • 24 Oct 2023
    19:30
    Preview
    Sherman Theatre
  • 25 Oct 2023
    19:30
    Preview
    Sherman Theatre
  • 26 Oct 2023
    19:00
    Live Performance
    Sherman Theatre
  • 27 Oct 2023
    14:00
    Live Performance
    Sherman Theatre
  • 27 Oct 2023
    19:30
    Live Performance
    Sherman Theatre
  • 01 Nov 2023
    19:30
    Live Performance
    Pontio Bangor
  • 02 Nov 2023
    19:30
    Live Performance
    Pontio Bangor
  • 04 Nov 2023
    19:30
    Live Performance
    Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • 07 Nov 2023
    19:30
    Live Performance
    Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli
  • 09 Nov 2023
    19:30
    Live Performance
    Hafren Theatre, Newtown
  • 14 Nov 2023
    19:30
    Live Performance
    Mwldan, Aberteifi
  • 16 Nov 2023
    19:30
    Live Performance
    Galeri Caernarfon
  • 18 Nov 2023
    19:30
    Live Performance
    Taliesin, Swansea
Cast

Rhodri Meilir

Bethan Ellis Owen

Dafydd Emyr

Ioan Gwyn

Priya Hall

Eddie Ladd

Glyn Pritchard

Victoria Pugh

 

Creative team

Author Eugène Ionesco

Welsh Adaptation Manon Steffan Ros

Director Steffan Donnelly

Set and Costume Designer Cai Dyfan 

Lighting Designer Ceri James 

Sound Designer and Composer Dyfan Jones 

Voice Director Nia Lynn

Movement Director Catherine Alexander

Additional Information

Post-Show Talks

An opportunity to hear more about the process of creating Rhinoseros with some of the cast and creative team. 

25.10.23 | Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

01.11.23 | Pontio, Bangor 

Information for Audience

Information on themes and possible triggers

Review graphic. Text overlaid on a production photo. Text reads Captivating and thoroughly entertaining. Star-studded cast. Institute of Welsh Affairs
Review graphic. Production image of Rhodri Meilir, a white male actor, overlaid with text. 4 star emoticons are placed above text which reads 'Rhodri Meilir is a terrific Berenger', The Stage. Below this there is another 4 stars and text which reads 'A tricking performance', The guardian.
Review graphic. Production image featuring six actors in an office setting. Text on image reads 'technically ambitious and compelling...A fine production' The Guardian. 4 yellow stars are placed below the text.
Review graphic, Production image featuring 5 actors onstage, huddled together as though in shock or to protect each other. Overlaid on the image there are 4 small yellow stars. Below this text reads 'A smart Welsh language revival of Ionesco's classic', The Stage
Review graphic. Production image featuring 6 actors huddled together. With a male actor pouring something from a glass into the mouth of a white woman who is leaning back into the group of people. Overlaid on the image there are 4 small yellow stars and below this, text which reads 'Steffan Donnelly's astute, lucid staging...Luxury ensemble casting'. The Guardian
Review graphic. Production image of Rhodri Meilir. We see his side profile creeping up towards a door. Through the door we see the shadow and a silhouette of a rhino head. Text on the image reads 'Scarily relevant', BBC Radio Cymru

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